January 31, 2013

Pros and Cons of Having Fair Skin

Growing up women are always instilled with hating some part of their body. Their hips are too big, their hair is too frizzy, their nose is crooked. Being a little person, I disliked a lot about my body but it quickly shapes who you are as a person. So by a younger age than most girls, I was sure of who I was. However, one flaw that plagued me was my pale skin. My background is Irish and Dutch so there was no hope for me but I always found darker skin more beautiful than mine. Yet all of my friends of non-Caucasian decent told me how beautiful my skin was. Why was hating something about myself that so many other cultures found beautiful? Women spend billions of dollars a year to change a part of themselves: hair, skin tone, length of nails/eyelashes, and the list goes on. While I was visiting China, I couldn't help but notice all the women covering up their bodies or carrying umbrellas during the suffocatingly hot summer. Why? Because fair skin is considered more beautiful in their society and they didn't want to risk their skin tanning so they covered it up. Since then I've grown to appreciate my pale skin as it has it's upsides.

PROS 

- It's natural. I don't have to spend tons of money to try and make my skin look this way. It just is. I also don't waste money trying to tan it where clearly I look more orange than natural. It's my skin and I am now more focused on taking care of it (stay away wrinkles!) then I am trying to make it darker.
- You can see my freckles. Another thing about me is that I have many freckles (Irish blood). I love my freckles! That was something I didn't want to change about my skin; however, when I tried fake tanners you couldn't see my freckles as prominently. It definitely helped push me to stop. Now I try to wear a more natural makeup look that lets my freckles shine through.
- Can pull off looks others can't. This is true for all women. Some women can pull off trends or styles that others can't which is why you should love what you have. Certain colors look better on fair skin versus a darker skin tone. My sister has the figure that can wear pretty much anything whereas I have voluptuous curves so I'm always encouraging her to wear the trends I can't. Not sure if this logic makes sense to you but I think since other women are coveting what you have, you owe them a service to work it! I'm always encouraging my natural hair friends to wear their afros because I've always wanted one. Now I can at least look at their pretty hair (creep much?). So don't complain that you can't pull off what other women can because I'm sure there's something you can pull off that they can't.
Some of my favorite fair skin beauties: Dita, Christina Hendricks, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway

CONS

- There's no hiding! One of the biggest downsides is that it is very hard to hide "flaws" such as stretch marks, blackheads, or blemishes with fair skin. Even when I shave my legs, you can still the root of the hair which is why during the summer I add self-tanner to just help disguise them because I don't want it to look like I didn't shave. However, with this, fair skin women have to work harder to be flawless and for me it has instilled a more disciplined beauty routine.
- Can't leave the house without SPF on. Speaking of beauty routine... unlike those with darker skin types that easily tan, they tend to be a little more lax on the SPF whereas me, I burn after 5 minutes in the sun. On the flip side: because fair skin people do know the power of SPF, we tend to have a head start on the anti-aging routine than most.
- When we're cold, we look we have no circulation. For some reason when pale people are cold, our skin turns an ugly blue shade. Kind of look like zombies or people with no blood circulation. If someone could please explain why this occurs and how to prevent it, I'd love to know! lol
- Hard to find a shade of makeup to match your skin. I have the opposite problem of dark skinned women have but where we both can't find a shade to match our skin color. Makeup companies used to never make a shade light enough for my skin. Now they see the market to expand their lines but it's still a select few that I can turn to. I need to know Dita's secret!

I think all women are beautiful no matter what shade they come in, but I'm just glad I'm finally accepting my own shade and that's what this post is about.

What do you love most about you skin color?

16 comments:

  1. dita answered questions on twitter before. She used loreal true match!

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    1. Really? I hated that formula... made my skin super greasy and didn't match up right. Perhaps I need to try it again.

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  2. found it http://i45.tinypic.com/30avwx5.jpg

    I wonder if its in the application that helps? Have you tried wet sponge? I haven't but I know some people swear by it. I too am fair skinned and it is a battle to match and as soon as I match it the seasons change and it changes every so slightly and i have to start over.

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    1. Thanks. Maybelline's True Fit was a good match but it's a very light coverage. lol i hear ya! I have a "summer" shade and a winter one.

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  3. I think I get really weird about blush and bronzer too. Because I am so used to my fair skin, anything like that, done by me at least, seems like I'm wearing way too much make-up. But I wouldn't change it for the world :)

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    Kate

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    1. Yeah I don't wear bronzer but a makeup friend said that pale people can wear bronzer too! I still don't believe her haha

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  4. I think fair skin is incredibly beautiful! I have a medium skin tone that tans easily, which might be good in many ways, but there's nothing particular about it. And I'm so envious of your freckles, too:)

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  5. I have fair skin too, but instead of freckles my body is covered with moles, which I have removed. Still there are tiny marks where the moles used to be

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  6. Hear, hear. I've been trying to find a foundation that'd be a perfect match for years, but they're all either too pink (but light enough) or too dark (but have enough beige undertones for them not to make me look like a piglet). And every flow is visible, that's true.

    I used to obsess over trying to become darker, but after hundreds of dollars on tanners and sunbeds that would probably make me look peach for a week and then pale again, I decided to embrace the fairness. Thank you for this post!

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    1. Aw your welcome! Happy to hear you also decided to waste money on trying to make your skin darker and embraced your paleness :)

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  7. I have pale skin too & have always loved it. I don't want to tan. I have been called Casper before. I think it bothers other people more than me. I was a bit sad that my daughter doesn't have my coloring (my pale eyes & hair).

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    1. lol I've been called Casper many times or see through

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  8. Awesome post! I feel the same way about my fair skin. Except that I hate my freckles! And I really hate that I turn blue. Haha!

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  9. That article right there explains my life. In my school EVERYONE is very tan with blonde hair, and I am one of the only people with white skin, black hair ( Natural ), and blue eyes. I am of Irish decedent if that explains some..

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